Reiki for Caregivers

Reiki offers tremendous benefits to America’s more than 44 million 'informal' or 'family' caregivers who provide unpaid care for family and friends in need.

The most common informal caregiver is an adult child caring for an aging parent. In other scenarios, caregivers may support an elderly or sick spouse, aging grandparents, severely disabled children or siblings, grandchildren whose parents are unable to provide care, disabled friends or neighbors. In the U.S., informal caregivers provide 80% of long term care. Most are middle-aged women and many work full time jobs. They struggle with deep-seated feelings of guilt, anger, loneliness, depression and exhaustion. Shared illnesses throughout this population include heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, high levels of stress hormones and a compromised immune system. They spend lots of time taking care of others, yet tend to neglect themselves and, compared to non-caregivers, they are less likely to prepare healthy meals or get sufficient sleep and exercise. Below are some benefits Reiki may bring to address issues specific to caregivers.

Reiki presents an opportunity to slow down and focus on self-care. Sessions usually last 30-60 minutes. During this time, clients enter a state of calm and relaxation that may elude them in every day life. They emerge feeling rested, energized and with an overall sense of well-being. In following weeks, they tend to take better care of themselves and pay closer attention to their own mental, emotional and physical needs.

Reiki provides relief for feelings of overwhelm. If you're a caregiver you probably cannot remember the last time you had an entire hour to focus on your own healing and well-being. A scheduled Reiki session is about one hour long. That's an entire hour during which you release all demands placed upon you in everyday life and relax into a state of receiving pure love, light and positive energy. You will emerge from a single session feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Reiki can be used for positive behavior modification. Reiki can be performed with a specific intent in mind. With the Reiki practitioner, determine some specific changes you would like to see in your life. During the session you will remove energy blockages that prevent you from choosing healthy behaviors. It's like a form of self-hypnosis, gently planting seeds that subtly modify your daily life choices, nudging you into alignment with your true desires for yourself.

Reiki is proven to support the immune system. Preliminary studies show that Reiki may increase the number of white blood cells present in subjects. An enhanced immune system means fewer incidences of colds, flu and infections.

Reiki may help lower blood pressure. In one study, heart rate and diastolic blood pressure decreased significantly in people who received 30 minutes of Reiki, as compared to a placebo intervention or 30 minutes of rest.

Integrate Reiki into your self-care regimen to feel more in control. Reiki is something you can have done to you by a practitioner, or you can learn to perform Reiki on yourself and on those you are caring for. By taking a level I Reiki class with a certified Reiki Master Teacher, you are taking steps toward, and opening yourself up to, a system of self-care and healing that is available to you anytime, anyplace and in any amount needed.

If you are caring for a loved one, or if you work in a care giving profession, make Reiki part of your self-care program. Visit Family Caregiving Alliance or USC Family Caregiver Support Center for more information and resources. Check Events/Specials to join an upcoming Reiki certification class or introductory workshop at Wellness Uprising.

Chakra balancing bath ritual for Reiki practitioners

Reiki-empowered Himalayan Pink Salt

Reiki-empowered Himalayan Pink Salt

Reiki self-treatments are the coolest gifts of being Reiki attuned. If you've received Reiki empowerment to level I, II or III, you have everything you need at your fingertips to call Universal life force into your being for relaxation and self-healing. Paired with rituals, Reiki can serve to strengthen connections to Source and empower you to elicit positive life change with ease and grace. One such ritual is the chakra balancing bath ritual for Reiki practitioners.

Reiki is 100% intuitive; it knows where to go and what to do for your greatest healing benefit. Additionally, balanced  and clear chakras are a natural by-product of Reiki. When we enhance Reiki with healing intentions and elements to support positive outcomes, something as mundane as a bath becomes a sacred act of revolutionary self-care.

Use this chakra balancing bath ritual any time to clear chakras, brighten the aura, and relax mind and body.

Items needed

  • 4 cups of Himalayan pink salt (detoxifying) or Epsom salt (clears the aura and releases unwanted energy)
  • 16 ozs. Drinking water
  • Chakra Balancing essential oils
  • Votive candle (optional)
  • Relaxing music (optional)
  • Echoing Waters oil blend (optional)
  • Glass pitcher or bowl (optional)

Directions

  • The night before, pour Himalayan or Epsom salt into a glass pitcher or bowl of water. Empower with Reiki, cover and allow to soak overnight. This is especially helpful for dissolving large salt chunks.
  • To prepare the bath, run 3-4 inches of warm bath water in tub
  • Pour dissolved or undissolved HImalayan pink or Epsom salt into bath water. 
  • Draw Cho Ku Rei over water and in palms of hands
  • Holding hands 4-6 inches above water, set an intention for this bath to clear and balance all the chakras in the body for your highest healing good. Run Reiki in the water for a few minutes. 
  • Run more water in tub, enough to be able to immerse your body up to the neck. Make it warm enough to encourage light perspiration.
  • Light candle and play soft music if preferred. (optional)
  • Add 1-2 droppers of Echoing Waters relaxing oil blend. Swish in water spread. (optional)
  • Immerse your body fully into the tub. If you are unable to fit your body up to the neck, use a soft towel to wring water over exposed body parts throughout the bath.
  • Soak for at least 20 minutes. Periodically, take sips of the drinking water to stay hydrated.
  • After soaking, step out of tub and drain water. Give thanks for the healing that has occurred.
  • Do not use a drying towel --- allow your body to air dry
  • You will be deeply relaxed and may feel weak. This is Normal.
  • Option: End this ritual powerfully by doing a Reiki self-treatment while listening to Heartbeat or Strengthening Your Reiki Connection MP3 and waiting for your body to air dry. These meditations work best when heard through headphones or earplugs. You may have received them from me as part of your Reiki II certification class.

WARNING: Salt (brine) baths place high demands on the circulatory system. Consult with your doctor before performing this ritual if you have weak or poor heart circulation.